Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780142003381, 320pp.
Publication Date: September 30, 2003
As he did with In the Lake of the Woods, National Book Award winner Tim O'Brien strikes at the emotional nerve center of our lives with this ambitious, compassionate, and terrifically compelling new novel that tells the remarkable story of the generation molded and defined by the 1960s. At the thirtieth anniversary of Minnesota's Darton Hall College class of 1969, ten old friends reassemble for a July weekend of dancing, drinking, flirting, reminiscing, and regretting. The three decades since their graduation have seen marriage and divorce, children and careers, dreams deferred and disappointed-many memories and many ghosts. Together their individual stories create a portrait of a generation launched into adulthood at the moment when their country, too, lost its innocence. Imbued with his signature themes of passion, memory, and yearning, July, July is Tim O'Brien's most fully realized work.
"A small-scale tour de force by an American original . . . Tim O'Brien is one of the most accomplished members of a generation of writers that includes Don DeLillo and Thomas Pynchon."
"The individual portraits are astonishing for their clarity of character, for their narrative thrills and surprises, for their humor and hard-won wisdom. . . . July, July gives readers plenty of reasons to celebrate."
"Taut and compelling."
ùLos Angeles Times
"O'Brien's individual stories are crafted with exquisite precision. His writing is taut and unsentimental, and packs an emotional wallop."
ùSan Francisco Chronicle
"O'Brien's individual stories are crafted with exquisite precision. His writing is taut and unsentimental, and packs an emotional wallop." (San Francisco Chronicle)